Originally appeared at http://www.law.ua.edu/harperleeprize.
To honor the 50th anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird, the ABA Journal and The University of Alabama School of Law have created THE HARPER LEE PRIZE, to honor former Alabama law student Harper Lee for the role model she created.
Atticus Finch has inspired generations of readers—to become lawyers, to take on unpopular causes, to behave honorably. As Atticus reminds us, “The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”
The Prize will be given annually to a book-length work of fiction that best exemplifies the role of lawyers in society, and their power to effect change. Only works first published in 2010 qualify. Completed entry forms must be submitted by the publisher prior to April 8, 2011. There is no entry fee.
Do you know a novel that deserves this Prize? Let us know! Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Three finalists will be selected and announced in June on the ABA Journal website, where the public will be invited to vote for their favorite. The Prize will be presented September 2011 in conjunction with the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
For more information, go to www.HarperLeePrize.org